Experts: Encyclical and Papal Visit

Encyclicals are formal letters issued by a pope to the universal Church concerning moral, doctrinal and disciplinary matters. Pope Francis’ encyclical, titled “Laudato Si’” (“Praised be You”), focuses on the environment and Catholic stewardship of the earth. While Pope Francis’ predecessors, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, both called for restraint on consumption and care for the earth, Pope Francis, from the very first days of his papacy, has amplified their teaching, making clear his conviction that the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics have a moral responsibility to protect the poor in a climate-changing world.

The theologians and scientists at Notre Dame listed below are ready to comment on both the encyclical as well as Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. in September.

Catholicism and Religion

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World Meeting of Families

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Climate Change

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Human Rights

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Political and Social Issues

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Business

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